p style=”text-align: justify”>Relevant community groups across Ballarat and region are being encouraged to consider applying for new Federal Government grants aimed at helping them keep Australia’s productive land healthy, resilient and sustainable.
Relevant community groups across Ballarat and region are being encouraged to consider applying for new Federal Government grants aimed at helping them keep Australia’s productive land healthy, resilient and sustainable.
Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, said new Community Landcare Grants were now available to eligible community groups under the Caring for Our Country Sustainable Agriculture stream.
“It is important for our local community groups focussed on landcare are aware of these grants and take the opportunity to apply,” Ms King said.
“This program builds on the success of the previous Community Action Grants, but has a renewed focus on sustainable farming and fisheries, agricultural innovation and community capacity building,” Ms King said.
“The Community Landcare Grants can be used for demonstrating, trialling and adopting cropping, grazing and other farming practices that improve soil condition and reduce wind and water erosion as well as to demonstrate best fishing practices.”
The upper threshold for the small grant funding under Caring for our Country has increased from $20 000 to $50 000, in response to feedback received during the review of Caring for our Country.
Another positive change is that groups may now apply for funding for projects that increase skills and capacity without the need for an associated on-ground target.
“These changes recognise the importance of supporting people to bring about change in the landscape,” Ms King said.
Community Landcare Grant applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on 20 March 2013.
For more information on Community Landcare Grants visit the Caring for our Country website at www.nrm.gov.au or call 1800 552 008.